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Best Week 3 fantasy football waiver wire pickups: Sam Darnold slinging it

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Sam Darnold is included in Jets X-Factor’s Week 3 fantasy football waiver wire additions.

Navigating the waiver wire is incredibly important to fantasy football success. Each week, Jets X-Factor dives into the waiver wire for the must-adds to your fantasy football team.

All roster percentages are from Yahoo.


Derek Carr (27% Rostered)

I’ve personally been on the Derek Carr bandwagon for ages. This season, it seems the Las Vegas Raiders finally have a defense to help generate wins. This only benefits Carr, who’s started the 2021 season on fire.

After two tough matchups in the first two weeks, Carr gets a much easier task facing the Miami Dolphins at home. The Raiders leader is one of the safest QB2 options there is.

Daniel Jones (20% Rostered)

Daniel Jones has been a surprisingly effective fantasy football quarterback despite the New York Giants’ struggles. Currently the QB9 in fantasy football, Jones gets a picture-perfect matchup against a lowly Falcons team that has given up the sixth-most points to quarterbacks this season.

Sam Darnold (15% Rostered)

The former New York Jets quarterback has looked like a new man in Carolina (a good offense probably helps). On a short week against the Texans (who are missing their starting QB), expect Sam Darnold to show out once again.

And, on the off-chance that Deshaun Watson starts for the Houston Texans, a potential shootout could develop, lending more credence to playing Darnold.

Running Back

Cordarrelle Patterson (15% Rostered)

It only took nine years for a team to finally figure out how to use Cordarrelle Patterson. In a split backfield, Patterson seems to be the player used when the situation matters most – and he has the touchdowns to prove it.

The Atlanta Falcons offense has been an incredible disappointment. So, don’t look for Patterson to stop your sorrows; but he can provide flex appeal going forward.

Tony Pollard (54% Rostered)

Tony Pollard is rostered a little high for this list, but he is the must-add in my opinion at the running back position. Pollard looks much more explosive than Ezekiel Elliott and is finally getting the touches to prove it.

With Michael Gallup injured, look for the Cowboys to run more often, giving Pollard potential standalone value.

James White (42% Rostered)

James White does what he does best: catch passes. He posted six catches and at least 40 yards in back-to-back games.

With Damien Harris losing pass-work to White, the latter now has guaranteed flex appeal moving forward. A Week 3 matchup with the New Orleans Saints bodes well for White’s fantasy football relevance.

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Wide Receiver

K.J. Osborn (3% Rostered)

The Minnesota Vikings have been rolling out 11 personnel at a much higher rate this season, and the main benefactor to that has been K.J. Osborn.

Osborn has 15 targets through two games, posting over 150 yards and a touchdown. Until further notice, Osborn is a must-add in all fantasy football formats.

Rondale Moore (34% Rostered)

Last week was Christian Kirk, now it’s Rondale Moore. Moore has looked like the WR2 in Arizona through two weeks and has become a great supplement to the rushing attack in this Cardinals offense.

Moore has shown great chemistry with quarterback Kyler Murray and gets a great matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.

Hunter Renfrow (6% Rostered)

Hunter Renfrow is the WR1 in the Raiders offense and the safety valve outside of Darren Waller. Renfrow is eerily reminiscent of former New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman.

He returns punts, has sure hands, and is a favorite target on third down. Renfrow will continue to be a decent flex option, especially if your league offers points for return yardage.

Tight End

Jared Cook (43% Rostered)

Jared Cook was a large part of the Los Angeles Chargers offense in Week 1 and had a touchdown taken away from him in Week 2.

Week 3 should be a shootout between the Chiefs and the Chargers. In an offense that likes to pass the ball, expect Cook to be on the TE1 spectrum this week.

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